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Windows 2000 Terminal Services License Server

Discussion in 'Business Applications' started by malifluous, Jan 23, 2006.

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  1. malifluous

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    Hello my name is Adam. I am a desktop/lan admin for a warehouse supply company in New York. We run a strictly Windows 2000 domain with about 70 computers and maybe 3 or 4 Windows XP machines. I recently enabled a Terminal Services Server to allow 3 or 4 of my users to run database intensive Apps on the server. The reason for this is when they use specific functions in our "in house application" the app freezes up until it has finished its process (allocation of goods for large orders, takes about an hour tops). The app freezes up to do its job and the user is left with nothing to do because they cant touch the app until its done. So by enabling terminal services for them, they can run there allocations on the Terminal server, minimize it and keep doing there work on there computers.

    Now, along with the Terminal Service Server, I am aware I need a Terminal service license server enabled on the network within 90 days. I have yet to enable a license server because I am somewhat unclear on its neccesity. I have read in the microsoft documentation

    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/win2kts/default.mspx

    that machines with Windows 2000 on them already have built in licenses and therefore you do not need to purchase additional licenses. The documentation also states that if you do not enable a license server, anyone without a pre issued license will not be able to connect. My question is this, if I am only connecting to the terminal services server via Windows 2000 Machines, do i even need the license server?? It would appear to me that the Windows 2000 Machines DO have built in Licenses thus allowing them to connect regaurdless of the License Server.

    What I suspect is that even though I don't have to pay for additional licenses, the License server has to be up and running. (because thats how Microsoft likes to be) The reason i'd like to avoid this is because a license server has to be enabled on a domain controller and id like to avoid running more services on my domain controller. Any help or info is much appreciated, thanks. :eek:
     
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    IM moving my post to the Windows forum. Sorry bout that
     
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